Byran "Kpoptosis" Herren was formerly a Dota 2 in-game statistican and analyst. He also worked with the production and administration during tournaments with Beyond The Summit before his departure.
Born in a small town of Alabama, United States, K-poptosis went to college and graduated at Alabama Unversity with a biology degree. While he was studying in his years in college he purchased a gaming PC and played World of Warcraft then moving on to the Dota 2 Beta. The meaning behind his name backtracked to his years at college when he was intrigued with the word "Apoptosis" (a process akin to cellular suicide) and was his inital steam ID until a friend recommended him to change it to "Kpoptosis" as a joke and became his name ever since. While having the interest of statistics during his earlier years with Baseball, he decided that Dota 2 and Baseball can have things in common - in game statistics.
Kpoptosis has worked with BeyondTheSummit in numerous roles as a in-game statistican and working with the production as well as occasionally acting as a analyst in games. While mostly known as a statistican, Kpoptosis was the inventor of the fight recap tool that is used in the Dota 2 game client, a tool that provides incredible information during and after matches . In addition, he was a community writer for TeamLiquid.
As an statistican
Kpoptosis believes there are three things people should understand when watching a dota match .
- Dota live game stats are holistic reports: Kpoptosis believes that the big three metrics that have the most insight into the game trajectory are Net Worth advantage, Tower advantage, and last (and least) Kill advantage. However in the bottomline, he believes that nothing is guaranteed because Dota 2 is such a complicated game
- Individual player metrics are insightful, but often misleading: A person very high GPM (Gold Per Minute) doesn't always correlate to a automatic win, but illustrates that they have farmed effectively. However he believes that are meaningful, but tells readers to look at them like you look at live reports and box scores, holistically
- Almost every statistic in a game is relative to the draft:"For some heroes, such as Storm Spirit, having a very good KDA early in the match is a big indication that the game will go well for his team. If a team has Medusa, being behind in Towers and Gold late in the game is a lot less scary as long as the Medusa has farmed decently well. A hero like Vengeful Spirit has two abilities that reward putting yourself in harms way for an allied hero, therefore a high death score for that player is usually not a bad thing."' "once again, nothing is certain! Medusas do lose 60+ minute games from time to time, and sometimes Vengeful Spirits aren’t helping their team — they’re just feeding."
As an analyst
Wanting to show statistical analysis in Dota 2 and with the influence of Bruno during The International 2012. He made his mark in the scene as a community news writer on Liquiddota and joined alongside Sheever and a few others showing some Starladder coverage. Showing signs of promise, he continued to appear with BeyondTheSummit in notable tournaments such as Dota 2 Super League and Alienware Cup. With Valve's Broadcasting Tools released accompanied by Kpoptosis's knowledge of statistical analysis saw him invited to the The International 2013 after a phone call by Icefrog asking him what he will bring to the table. Kpoptosis was featured in a video during the tournament showing a behind the scenes of the man "behind the stats."
On Christmas, 2013 he offically joined BeyondTheSummit. Kpoptosis has played a integral role as a producer with BeyondTheSummit and during the main event of the year - The International. Kpoptosis left BeyondTheSummit after The International 2016 from his official twitter account confirming this.
Other than Dota 2, Kpoptosis helps in production of Smash Summit, a tournament based on the game "Super Smash Bros. Melee" - which is also played under BeyondTheSummit's house in Los Angeles.
Notable Events Casted or Hosted
|2016-03-06||Premier||The Shanghai Major 2016||Stats/Observer|
|2016-01-17||Premier||StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1||Stats/Observer|
|2015-11-21||Premier||The Frankfurt Major 2015||Stats/Observer|
|2014-07-21||Premier||The International 2014||Stats/Observer|
|About achievementsBroadcasts from any Tournament|
- 2016-01-19 | Interview with Kpoptosis (Ukr subs) / Інтерв’ю з Kpoptosis (PlayUA) Starladder S13 by Oleh Kulikov of PlayUA at SL i-League StarSeries Season 1
- 2015-02-07 | Understanding the Data of Dota 2 with Kpoptosis by Bryan "Kpoptosis" Herren of theScoreesports
- 2014-03-17 | Behind the Summit: Kpoptosis by BeyondTheSummit
- 2014-06-19 | Kpoptosis: "Stats Are Just a Piece of the Understanding Puzzle" by scant of 2p.com
- 2014-07-24 | A TI4 metachat with Kpoptosis by Philippa Warr of RedBull eSports
- 2013-09-01 | K-poptosis Community Q&A by shostakovich of LiquidDota
- 2013-08-10 | TI3 Interview - Kaci Aitchinson and Brian 'Kpoptosis' Herren by Kaci Aitchinson of Valve at The Internaional 2013
- His three favourite dishes to make are good pan-seared steak, Chicken Tikka Masala and Stir Fries
- His favourite Dota 2 ability if applied in reality would be: Greevil's Greed. Less work, more statsmanning.
- CRISTY "PANDORA" RAMADANI (2015-06-29). "Dota 2 casters, analysts and content creators we should keep an eye on". DotaBlast. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
- shostakovich (September 1st, 2013). "K-poptosis Community Q&A". LiquidDota. Retrieved August 17,2016.
- Bryan "Kpoptosis" Herren (Feb 7,2015). "Understanding the Data of Dota 2 with Kpoptosis". thescoreesports. Retrieved August 19,2016.
- "Behind the Summit: Kpoptosis". BeyondTheSummit. Mar 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17,2016.
- "TI3 Interview - Kaci Aitchinson and Brian 'Kpoptosis' Herren". Valve Corporation. August, 2013. Retrieved August 17,2013.
- "Just for clarification the "retire" thing was just taking the piss out of esports (hence the quotes). I've simply left BTS & moved home.". Byran Herren. Retrieved August 16,2016.